Every single chicken dance from Arrested Development.
Easy, Linda. It’s a memo, not a magic shield.
A brief history of Critter Country: by themeparkzach & zip-a-dee-lady.
The Country Bear Jamboree opened at WDW in 71’. It was really popular (this is before any mountains existed in the Magic Kingdom). The Country Bear Jamboree would get lines of up to 2 hours.
Well Disneyland wanted to capitalize on the success of the Florida show. They opted to build a dual theater version doubling the capacity of the attraction. Unfortunately as with most shows it lost popularity very quickly with the large amount of repeat visitors at Disneyland. They put it in it’s own new land and called it Bear Country.
Disney tried to revive it several times with specials like the Country Bear Vacation Hoedown and the Christmas Special (Fun fact they originally planned to have a Valentines Day Special and a Halloween Special too). But the efforts never really worked.
That’s when Disney started looking at new ways to draw people into the land, so that’s when that whole story of the Log Flume comes into play. Eventually they build Splash hoping that again it may revive some popularity to the bears, still doesn’t really work. Since Splash wasn’t themed to bears they renamed the land Critter Country.
Sadly under the incompetent management in the early 2000’s it was decided to replace the theaters with the Winnie the Pooh ride.
September 21, 2001 the Country Bear Jamboree played its final show.
Bear Country was renamed Critter Country when Splash opened in 1989.
Before that, it was the Indian Village, which can be seen while on the Mark Twain, Sailing Ship Columbia, and Davey Crocket’s Canoes.
Today, the Indian Village isn’t considered “politically correct”.
During the construction of Splash Mountain, a few obstacles were made: They couldn’t have Uncle Remus on the ride and Brer Rabbit has to be captured with something that wasn’t a “tar baby” (a racist term for a black person).
The brilliant minds of the designers decided to eliminate Uncle Remus from the entire ride and have Brer Rabbit be caught in a beehive.
So if you were not aware, these past two days I have attended The Bluth Original Frozen Banana stand at The Grove and The Paley Center for Media. Seeing how many people came to the events dressed as characters, donning Arrested Development shirts, yelling quotes from the show, and even just wanting a free poster, sticker, and frozen banana really touched me. The dedication people had to the show was demonstrated through men wearing cutoffs, a guy who blue himself, girls wearing shirts that said “SLUT” and got weird looks, waiting a hour to just get a picture with the stand, and the choruses of “STEVE HOLT!!!” that would break out made me so happy to be a part of a group of people that all share a common love of a television program.
After acquiring our bananas we visited the Warner Bros. exhibit at The Paley Center all dedicated to television produced by Warner Bros. or created on the lot. I found myself smiling like a fangirl as I admired the original artwork from the Looney Toons “Duck Dogers in the 24½th Century” short, the TV show theme song sing-along area, the Seinfeld set and costumes, the patent for the first television, and more. We talked to one of the employees there the whole time we were in the exhibit about past and current cartoons, favorite cable and network programs, writing, what season shows started to get bad, and shows we keep putting off watching. After thoroughly examining the exhibit we ended our visit by watching an episode of Arrested Development in the movie theater on site.
Looking back today and seeing the support for Arrested Development and all the items featured in the exhibit, it really reminds me why I love television. It reminds me that THIS is what I want to do with my life. If I am able to be a part of a television show that people still cherish decades after its creation, I will have done my job. If I can be a part of a show that people consider part of their life and who they are, I will have done my job. If I am able to make a show that people come together to celebrate, to make friendships over, feel nostalgic over, to not feel alone or depressed because they are watching it, or even live another day just to know there will be another episode next week, I will have done my job. I just want to return the favor the teams behind The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and The Office (season 4) did for me and sparked my obsession with the art (Yes, television is “art” just like film).
I just want to create. And as it says on the wall in The Paley Center, “Great content lasts forever.”
autostraddle is curing my tears
Holy shit Tobias’s clothes…